By Steven R. Smith, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Schools and day care centers should be a place in which children are cared for in a nurturing, clean, and supportive environment. Unfortunately, at some schools and day care centers, the child care providers bring in their own sense of right and wrong. Certainly, there are archaic and dangerous disciplinary actions that put children at risks. Even if the child care provider was subjected to this very same punishment as a child, this does not excuse or justify the implementation of this type of punishment at a school or day care center. Here is a simple statement to consider. Abuse is abuse. Of course, laws, regulations, and ordinances are more complicated than this simple statement. It is important for day care centers and schools to follow the laws, regulations, and ordinances. Many such rules are in place to protect the children. It is interesting to note that some disciplinary tactics used by child care providers are similar to those improperly used against adult prisoners. Certainly, a child is not a prisoner and should not be treated like one. Furthermore, it is well known and should be expected that a child will misbehave and fail to follow directions. Child care providers should be prepared to supervise the children in a safe and supportive environment. The day care center rules and regulations should be followed. In addition, the child care providers should adhere to and follow the laws in place. Finally, common sense should always be used when caring for children.